Former Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand has claimed that two members of Liverpool‘s back four – Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno – aren’t good enough.
Liverpool have struggled defensively so far this season – they have conceded eleven goals in six Premier League matches – and Ferdinand feels that Jurgen Klopp’s side are suffering as a consequence of missing out on the signing of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton.
Van Dijk was heavily linked with a move to Anfield in the summer transfer window but the deal failed to materialise.
As reported by Goal, Ferdinand said: “I think Virgil van Dijk would have improved this team no end.
“He would have been that dominant centre-half and I think that alongside Matip that would have been a good partnership.
“I think (Dejan) Lovren’s not good enough, he’s shown over a period of time that he makes too many mistakes.
“(Alberto) Moreno defensively is not good enough.
“Going forward he is a delight to watch but defensively where you want him to be good first and foremost as a defender, he doesn’t do the job, he doesn’t quite cut it.
“So if you’ve got two out of your back four not cutting it, you’re going to come unstuck.”
Lovren has averaged four defensive actions per game in the Premier League this season, while he has been successful with 80 per cent of the passes that he has attempted but, as Ferdinand alludes to, the Croatian has seemed rather vulnerable at times.
Moreno, meanwhile, has shown some notable signs of improvement this campaign but the Spaniard can still get caught pushing too far forwards.